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Timber Processing and Products

Overview

This page provides information and data on the Timber Processing and Products sector, which is a component of the Forest and Wood Products industry. The Timber Processing and Products sector comprises four sub-sectors:

  • Sawmilling and Processing
  • Timber Manufactured Products
  • Wood Panel and Board Production
  • Timber Merchandising.

The Sawmilling and Processing sub-sector includes primary processing activities that transform logs from trees into a range of products using sawing, peeling and chipping processes.

The Timber Manufactured Products sub-sector sources timber from sawmills and other upstream timber processing enterprises to manufacture wooden structural components/systems and other timber products, including pre-fabricated timber building systems for the construction market.

The Wood Panel and Board Production sub-sector incorporates all enterprises that manufacture wood panel from wood chips, sawdust, wood shavings, slabwood or off-cuts. This sub-sector also includes the manufacture of products from logs or sawn timber, such as laminations of timber (Glulam and I-Beam) from veneer and sawn timber.

The Timber Merchandising sub-sector operates via two major channels:

  • Retail and trade merchants selling and providing advice to the public, DIY market, and builders
  • Wholesalers, manufacturers, importers and exporters selling, importing and/or exporting large volumes of hardwood and softwood products and distributing them through the merchant sector or directly to the building industry.

Vocational education and training (VET) is required in the Timber Processing and Products sector in occupations such as:

  • Carpenters and Joiners
  • Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators
  • Timber and Wood Process Workers
  • Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers.

Nationally recognised training for the Timber Processing and Products sector is delivered under the FWP – Forest and Wood Products Training Package.

For information on the Forestry and Pulp and Paper Manufacturing sectors please visit the respective pages.

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

Employment trends

Employment snapshot

The Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing, Other Wood Product Manufacturing, and Timber and Hardware Goods Wholesaling industry sectors have all seen an overall fall in employment levels between 2001 and 2021. Employment levels between 2021 and 2025 are predicted to increase modestly for Other Wood Product Manufacturing from 27,400 to 29,500, increase significantly for Timber and Hardware Goods Wholesaling from 30,100 to 37,900, and decline further for Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing from 9,900 to 8,200.

The occupations of Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators and Timber and Wood Process Workers make up around 40% of the Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing industry sector workforce. The employment level for Metal Fitters and Machinists is projected to increase by 5% to 2025.

Cabinetmakers make up nearly a quarter (24%) of the Other Wood Product Manufacturing industry sector workforce with Carpenters and Joiners making up a further 9%. The employment level for Carpenters and Joiners is projected to increase by 17% to 2025. Employment levels for all other occupations in this sector are projected to remain relatively stable between 2021 and 2025.

Sales Assistants (General) account for around 18% of the Timber and Hardware Goods Wholesaling industry sector workforce, with employment levels projected to increase by 25% to 2025. Storepersons account for approximately 7% of this workforce, projected to increase by 18% to 2025.

Training trends

Training snapshot

Program enrolments in Timber Processing and Products-related qualifications have decreased each year from the peak of approximately 840 in 2016 to around 350 in 2020. Program completions have fluctuated between 2016 and 2020, peaking at approximately 240 in 2018 and falling to 110 in 2020.

In 2020, the majority of enrolments were at the certificate III level (51%), followed by the certificate II level (32%). Sawmilling and Processing qualifications accounted for 25% of all program enrolments. For those enrolled in Sawmilling and Processing qualifications the intended occupations were Sawmill or Timber Yard Worker and Sawmilling Operator. Timber Merchandising qualifications had the intended occupations of Sales Representative (Building and Plumbing Supplies) and Sales Assistant (General).

The majority of training in Timber Processing and Products-related qualifications in 2020 was delivered by private training providers (88%), with enterprise providers accounting for a further 7%. More than three-quarters of all subjects were Commonwealth and state funded (76%) and 24% were funded by domestic fee for service. Most students were located in Queensland (30%), Victoria (26%) and Tasmania (17%).

Training was primarily delivered in Victoria (37%), Queensland (26%) and New South Wales (15%).

Commencements in apprenticeships and traineeships declined from the peak of 440 in 2012 to around 100 in 2020. Completions declined from the peak of 370 in 2012 to approximately 60 in 2020. The training had a variety of intended occupations depending on the qualification being studied, with the most common being Carpenters and Joiners, Wood Machinist and Saw Doctor. In 2020, more than a third of apprentices and trainees in training were reported in Victoria (36%), followed by 27% in New South Wales and 22% in Queensland.

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Industry insights

Industry insights on skills needs

The Forest and Wood Products IRC’s 2019 Skills Forecast identified the following generic skills as top priority for the industry:

  • Technology
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) (Foundation skills)
  • Design mindset / Thinking critically / System thinking / Solving problems
  • Communication / Virtual collaboration / Social intelligence.

A range of top priority industry and occupation skills were identified, including:

  • Information and communication technology skills
  • Middle management skills
  • High level financial skills
  • Specialised skills.

The above Skills Forecast details a variety of challenges and opportunities faced by the industry as a whole, including the following related to the Timber Processing and Products sector:

  • Domestic market – Investment in the softwood processing sector may be limited by uncertainties surrounding the future supply of forest resources, and if the log supply to emerging economies, such as China, continues, the amount of sawlog supply for domestic wood processors will diminish. Reducing log supply as a result of native forests being transitioned to forest reserves increasingly challenges the hardwood sawmilling and upstream hardwood manufacturing sectors.
  • Products with emerging markets – Growth in the demand for solid engineered wood products such as cross laminated timber (CLT), Glulam and bioenergy products like biogas and wood pellets highlight opportunities for investment, innovation and entrepreneurship within the sector. Concerns around the availability of future log supply and impacts on local markets have been raised with regards to the growth of solid engineered wood products, while policy development is needed to enable wood residue from existing wood processing operations to be available to the energy sector and biochemical production.
  • Timber knowledge and expectations in the retail sector – The continual growth and expansion of timber and timber related products requires merchandising staff to maintain current product knowledge over a range of platforms. Further, customer behaviour and expectations have highlighted the need to increase the speed of service delivery while also transitioning to digital customer service capabilities and upskill in digital marketing across timber retailing and the supply chain.
  • Digitisation – Forestry and wood product companies have fallen behind many other industries in taking advantage of digital technologies. Strong leadership and the development of digital skills and capabilities within organisations are required to evolve existing operations into new business models.

The Forest and Wood Products IRC's 2020 Skills Forecast highlights key issues affecting the sector:

  • Climate change is driving a push for less carbon intensive construction methods
  • Bushfires and the increased risk of bushfires
  • Ensuring workplaces are as safe as possible
  • The ongoing challenge of accessing training in thin, regionally dispersed, markets
  • Employers throughout the country continue to be concerned about the need for career pathways into and within the industry.

The impact of the 2019–20 bushfire season on native and plantation timbers was far greater than anticipated and will have a significant impact on the industry now and into the future, particularly in New South Wales, Victoria and on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Maximising salvage operations was a priority in the immediate aftermath of the fires and sawmills put on extra shifts to process salvaged wood.

The use of robotics is increasing for materials handling, processing and surfacing. Investments in research and technology show the pipeline of future skills needs. The acquisition of these skills across the workforce has begun and will gradually transform the way work is performed in the sector.

According to the Forest and Wood Products IRC's 2021 Skills Forecast, the advancement in technology in the sawmilling, wood processing and engineered wood products sector is often operationalised by the introduction of extremely large pieces of equipment such as saws, computer numerical control (CNC) equipment and other machinery and manufacturing systems. Training for this machinery is normally provided by the equipment supplier, often an overseas based worldwide company, by trainers who will fly in to provide training, or via virtual modes.

Employers require Saw Technicians (Saw Doctors) and Wood Machinists to obtain qualifications for both of these trades. The impact of thin training markets is demonstrated here through there being only one RTO delivering the Wood Machinist qualification and two registered training organisation (RTOs) delivering the Saw Technician qualification. Due to the small number of students undertaking these qualifications, RTOs utilise block release training. Students fly from all states to undertake the training. Saw Technicians are few in number but critical to the operation of the industry. There may be only one or two in a sawmill of 50 staff, but they ensure that sawmilling machinery is running efficiently, effectively and with exact precision. Without a Saw Technician, these sawmills would not be able to produce the 4.0 million cubic metres of sawn timber they do each year, the majority of which is used in the domestic housing market.

The sawmilling, timber processing and timber products sectors are undergoing rapid digital transformation and technological advancement. The skills required of operators are changing. They need the skills to work with new technologies and produce innovative products such as cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (GLT). The demand for skills to monitor, maintain, optimise and troubleshoot highly specialised automated equipment that moves, grades, assesses, scans, cuts and assembles timber pieces and products is surpassing the need for operators to pass, move, lift, grade, assess, stack, and sort timber and wood products. The proposed Sawmilling and Timber Processing project will review current qualifications and skills standards to incorporate current skills requirements and to consolidate the number of qualifications and units, to reduce complexity in the training system.

Consultation with businesses in the sector have identified a need for skills in the following areas:

  • Automated wood processing technology
  • Use of program logic control systems and constant flow technology in wood processing operations
  • Maximising yield in wood processing operations
  • Chain of responsibility requirements for wood processing operators
  • Incorporation of mobile plant and licensing requirements into qualifications.

The report of the National Joinery Industry Survey found that around 34% cent of respondents reported skills shortage as a concern and challenge now and in the future. The issues that are effecting skill shortages within the joinery industry include an ageing workforce, differences in demand and/or supply of skilled workers as a result of employment arrangements, inadequate apprenticeship rates and difficulties in attracting and retaining employees. These factors will impact the industry and it will need to act to make training more attractive for younger people and to assist business owners to provide adequate areas of growth and training to employees within their business to help retain them as workers. The survey results also indicated a need for a focus on promoting the industry further to a younger generation of women, with those under the age of 30 making up only 14% of the women in the industry.

The Victorian timber frame and truss sector snapshot reveals that employers seek entry level workers who are reliable, committed, hardworking, physically fit and will attend shifts on time. While employers primarily seek employees with the right personal attributes, they also value staff with previous experience using nail guns, tape measures and hammers. Other in-demand skill sets include digital skills, such as dealing with cloud-based systems, use of computer-assisted design (CAD) and interpreting digital drawings. As businesses grow, many manufacturers begin building wall frames as well as roof trusses. This is a less common source of work for the industry, therefore employers can find it difficult to source experienced people for these positions.

Employers also noted gaps in general skills for more senior employees such as leading hands and supervisors. Employees working in more senior roles may oversee logistics which involves communicating with clients, planning and delivering products on time. In managerial roles, employees need skills such as people management, planning and budgeting. Employers report difficulty in finding people for these roles from within their companies and are forced to search externally, whereas many external applicants may not have the requisite sectoral knowledge or experience to succeed in the role. Employers would prefer workers from the factory floor to grow organically into these roles, but this requires recruitment of entry-level labour with these skills or the capacity to develop them. The most significant skills shortages faced by employers are in design and estimation. Estimators are often outsourced from countries like Malaysia to meet this skills gap, but design roles cannot feasibly be outsourced and employers face challenges recruiting to these roles.

COVID-19 impact

The report Effects of Bushfires and COVID-19 on the Forestry and Wood Processing Sectors, highlights that residential construction is the single largest user of softwood sawnwood products in Australia, and accounts for a significant proportion of the demand for wood-based panel products. Sawnwood is also used in home renovations, landscaping and furniture manufacturing. Wood-based panels are also used in renovations. In June 2020, the Federal Government introduced the HomeBuilder incentive scheme which provided eligible owner-occupiers (including first home buyers) with a grant of $25,000 to build a new home or substantially renovate an existing home. HomeBuilder was designed to assist the residential construction market by encouraging the commencement of new home builds and renovations in 2020 and the scheme will also benefit the Timber Processing and Products sector by stimulating demand for wood products.

In April 2021, the Federal Government announced it would extend the construction commencement requirement from six months to 18 months for all applications (i.e. for all contracts signed between 4 June 2020 and 31 March 2021 inclusive). The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) welcomed the decision and stated that the domestic industry supplies around 80% of timber used in Australian home construction and had ramped up production to keep pace with record demand, spurred in part by HomeBuilder. Extending the timeframe for new builds took the pressure off and allowed more time for stock to be produced and delivered to builders. HomeBuilder was a welcome stimulus during uncertain times and while the boom it has in part fuelled certainly is welcomed by the forest industries, it highlights the significant supply constraints of Australian timber.

AFPA reported that Aussie Sawmills Lead Employment Surge in Timber Industries having increased employment by up to 25% to meet demand fuelled by the COVID-induced building boom. This stands in stark contrast to reported OECD global trends suggesting timber processing employment will fall by 18% between 2019 and 2024. The future is bright for employment across Australia's forest industries, including timber processing, as Australia and the rest of the world looks to sustainable fibre products to replace plastics and house a growing population.

There was a shortage of vital timber pallets in the lead up to Christmas 2021 which had an impact on Australia's consumer goods supply chain. Australia produces more than two million pallets each year from sustainable native and plantation timbers that are not suitable for construction or appearance-grade products such as decking. The pallets can be repaired up to 50 times during their 6–10 year lifespan and last 20 to 30 trips between repairs. Three important factors which contributed to the pallet shortage were that the COVID-pandemic led to goods businesses increasing sitting stock levels to manage disrupted supply lines, the return of pallets was reduced because of COVID protocols, and the national timber supply constraints.

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant research, organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.

 

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Timber Processing and Products IRCs

 

Relevant research

AFPA Welcomes Federal Government Extension of HomeBuilder Start Date [media release] – Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Aussie Sawmills Lead Employment Surge in Timber Industries [media release] – Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Australia's Timber Framing Cliff – 250,000 House Frames Short by 2035 – Master Builders Australia (MBA) and Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Australian Forest and Wood Products Statistics – Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)

Bushfire Recovery Harvesting Operations: Position Paper – Institute of Foresters of Australia and Australian Forest Growers (IFA/AFG)

Djarlma Plan for the Western Australian Forestry Industry: A Framework for Action 2019–2030 – Forest Products Commission (FPC)

Effects of Bushfires and COVID-19 on the Forestry and Wood Processing Sectors – Linden Whittle for Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)

Federal Government Unlocks Potential for 100 Million New Trees – Delivering Timber for Homes and Steps Toward Net Zero [media release] – Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Growing a Better Australia: A Billion Trees for Jobs and Growth – Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Joinery 2020: Australian Joinery Industry Overview – Cabinets by Computer and goCabinets

Northern Forestry and Forest Products Industry Situational Analysis – Michael Stephens, Tim Woods, Clarissa Brandt, Mila Bristow and Mark Annandale for Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA)

Sector Snapshot: Timber Frame and Truss Sector: December 2020 – Victorian Skills Commissioner

Shortage of Vital Timber Pallets Highlights Just How Essential Forest Industries Are [media release] – Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Sixteen Months on From Bushfires, Forest Industries' Mission to Use as Much Burnt Timber as Possible for Home Construction is Coming to an End [media release] – Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

The Value of Being 'Essential' – IndustryEdge

Upscaling the Australian Softwood Sawmill Industry: Feasibility and Implications for Future Plantation Investment – Linden Whittle and Rhys Downham for Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)

Victorian Forestry Plan – Victorian Government

Wood Encouragement Policy for Western Australia – Forest Products Commission (FPC)

 

Industry associations and advisory bodies

Australasian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (APPITA)

Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB)

Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA)

Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)

Australian Glass and Window Association (AGWA)

Australian Timber Importers Federation Inc (ATIF)

Australian Timber Trainers Association (ATTA)

Australian Woodworking Industry Suppliers Association Ltd (AWISA)

Cabinet Makers Association of Western Australia (CMAWA)

Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia (EWPAA)

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA)

Forest Industries Federation (WA) Inc (FIFWA)

Forest Industry Council (Southern NSW) Inc (FIC)

Forest Research Mount Gambier (University of South Australia)

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia

Forestry Australia (formerly Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) and Australian Forest Growers (AFG))

ForestWorks

Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA)

Glued Laminated Timber Association of Australia (GLTAA)

Interior Fitout Association (IFA)

Master Builders Association of Victoria (MBAV)

MGA TMA (Timber Merchants Australia)

Picture Framers Guild of Australia Inc (PFGA)

Responsible Wood (formerly Australian Forestry Standard Ltd)

Tasmanian Forest Products Association (TFPA)

Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network (TFFPN)

Tasmanian Sawmillers Association (TSA)

Timber and Building Materials Association (TABMA) Australia

Timber Communities Australia (TCA)

Timber Development Association of New South Wales (TDA)

Timber NSW Ltd

Timber Preservers Association of Australia (TPAA)

Timber Queensland Ltd

Timber Trade Industrial Association (TTIA)

Timber Veneer Association of Australia (TVAA)

Victorian Forest Products Association (VFPA)

WoodSolutions

 

Government bodies

National Timber Councils Association (NTCA)

Timber Towns Victoria (TTV)

 

Employee associations

Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Australian Workers’ Union (AWU)

Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU)

Data sources and notes

Department of Employment 2021, Employment Projections, available from the Labour Market Information Portal

  • by ANZSIC 3 digit industry, employment projections to May 2025
    • 141 Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing
    • 149 Other Wood Product Manufacturing
    • 333 Timber and Hardware Goods Wholesaling.
  • by ANZSCO, selected occupations, employment projections to May 2025
    • 7113 Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators
    • 8394 Timber and Wood Process Workers
    • 3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists
    • 3941 Cabinetmakers
    • 3312 Carpenters and Joiners
    • 3942 Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers
    • 7113 Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators
    • 6211 Sales Assistants (General)
    • 6113 Sales Representatives
    • 7411 Storepersons
    • 7331 Truck Drivers.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021, 6291.0.55.001 - EQ06 - Employed persons by Industry group of main job (ANZSIC), Sex, State and Territory, November 1984 onwards, viewed 1 August 2021, https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/labour/employment-and-unemployment/labour-force-australia-detailed/may-2021

  • Employed total by ANZSIC 3 digit industry, 2001 to 2021, May Quarter
    • 141 Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing
    • 149 Other Wood Product Manufacturing
    • 333 Timber and Hardware Goods Wholesaling.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2017, 2016 Census – employment, income and unpaid work, TableBuilder. Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data.

  • Employment level by 3 digit industry and 4 digit level occupations to identify the relevant VET-related occupations in the industry as a proportion of the total workforce
    • 141 Log Sawmilling and Timber Dressing
    • 149 Other Wood Product Manufacturing
    • 333 Timber and Hardware Goods Wholesaling.

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET Students and Courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package
  • Certificate II & III in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FPI20305 - Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FPI20311 - Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FPI30305 - Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FPI30311 - Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FWP20316 - Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FWP30316 - Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing.
  • Certificate II and III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
    • FPI30910 - Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
    • FPI30911 - Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
    • FWP20716 - Certificate II in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
    • FWP30916 - Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture
    • FWP30920 - Certificate III in Timber Frame or Truss Manufacture
    • FWP31019 - Certificate III in Saw Technology
    • FWP31220 - Certificate III in Timber Systems Design.
  • Certificate III in Sawdoctoring
    • FPI30705 - Certificate III in Sawdoctoring
    • FPI30711 - Certificate III in Sawdoctoring
    • FWP30716 - Certificate III in Sawdoctoring.
  • Certificate III in Woodmachining
    • FPI30805 - Certificate III in Woodmachining
    • FPI30811 - Certificate III in Woodmachining
    • FWP30816 - Certificate III in Woodmachining
    • FWP31119 - Certificate III in Wood Machining.
  • Certificate IV in Timber Processing
    • FPI40205 - Certificate IV in Timber Processing
    • FPI40211 - Certificate IV in Timber Processing
    • FWP40216 - Certificate IV in Timber Processing.
  • Certificate IV in Timber Systems Design
    • FWP40316 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture
    • FWP40416 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design
    • FWP40420 - Certificate IV in Timber Systems Design.
  • Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design/Manufacture
    • FPI40310 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture
    • FPI40311 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture
    • FPI40410 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design
    • FPI40411 - Certificate IV in Timber Truss and Frame Design.
  • Diploma of Forest and Forest Products
    • FPI50105 - Diploma of Forest and Forest Products
    • FPI50111 - Diploma of Forest and Forest Products
    • FPI50199 - Diploma of Forest & Forest Products (Forest Growing & Management)
    • FPI50299 - Diploma of Forest & Forest Products (Wood Panel Products)
    • FWP50116 - Diploma of Forest and Forest Products.
  • Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame Design
    • FPI50410 - Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame Design.
  • Timber Manufactured Products (Certificate II & III)
    • FPI20511 - Certificate II in Timber Manufactured Products
    • FPI30505 - Certificate III in Timber Manufactured Products
    • FPI30511 - Certificate III in Timber Manufactured Products
    • FWP20516 - Certificate II in Timber Manufactured Products
    • FWP30516 - Certificate III in Timber Manufactured Products.
  • Timber Merchandising (Certificate II & III)
    • FPI20605 - Certificate II in Timber Merchandising
    • FPI20611 - Certificate II in Timber Merchandising
    • FPI30605 - Certificate III in Timber Merchandising
    • FPI30611 - Certificate III in Timber Merchandising.
  • Timber Merchandising or Building Products Supply (Certificate II & III)
    • FWP20616 - Certificate II in Timber Merchandising
    • FWP30616 - Certificate III in Timber Merchandising
    • FWP30620 - Certificate III in Timber Building Products Supply.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2016 to 2020 program enrolments
  • 2016 to 2020 subject enrolments
  • 2016 to 2020 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document.

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.

FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package apprentice and trainee data has been extracted from the National Apprentice and Trainee Collection, including:

  • 2011 to 2020 commencements
  • 2011 to 2020 completions
  • apprentices and trainees in-training October to December 2020 collection, by qualification and state and territory of data submitter.
Updated: 17 Dec 2021
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